As players remained drawn to its aging Switch device by blockbuster titles, Nintendo (7974.T) increased its operating profit prediction on Tuesday for the fiscal year ending in March by 11% to 500 billion yen ($3.32 billion).
By releasing software and minor hardware improvements highlighting its popular character roster, the Kyoto-based gaming company has prolonged the life of the hybrid home/portable device, which is currently in its seventh year.
Comparing the first half of the fiscal year to the same period last year, Nintendo sold 6.84 million Switch systems, a slight rise from 6.68 million units sold.
This year’s highly anticipated games include “Super Mario Bros. Wonder,” which debuted in October, and “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” which went on sale in May.
The Super Mario Bros. movie success is another example of Nintendo’s widespread appeal in popular culture.
Nintendo did not alter its 15 million unit annual projection for the platform, indicating a 16.5% decrease from the previous year.
According to Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa, the goal is sensible rather than aggressive or conservative.
Due to the pandemic’s broad production disruption, this year has been particularly notable for releasing new games across the industry.
Nintendo reported that as of September’s end, “Tears of the Kingdom” had sold 19.5 million copies. A 3% increase to 185 million units was the company’s full-year software projection.
Beginning on November 17, “Super Mario RPG” is one of the new titles that Nintendo has added to its lineup in anticipation of the crucial year-end shopping season.